Jaipur’s January jamboree is here. Starting Jan 21, it will run through five days till Jan 25. So if you happen to be in the Pink City during the period, don’t make the mistake of skipping the literary extravaganza – the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), because other than the illustrious authors, the invigorating debates, the celebrity gawking, the romance of the Diggi Palace, the sprawling lawns of the heritage palace, the Diggipur ki masala chai, the divine morning music, the melodious musical nights will warm up you, despite the chill in the January air.
So Rajasthan Post gives you some tips to enrich yourself both physically and mentally while at the world’s grandest Lit Fest
Immerse yourself in stories
Literature enthusiasts can look forward to a sumptuous treat. This year promises an eclectic mix of writers including popular names such as
*the legendary Margaret Atwood, poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist from Toronto;
* Ruskin Bond, beloved to generations of Indian readers
* Marlon James, Jamaican writer, 2015 Man Booker prize winner, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings
* Steve McCurry, one of the world’s greatest living photographers;
* Niall Ferguson, controversial Harvard historian Niall Ferguson and
* Stephen Fry, English comedian and writer and remembered for his portrayal of PG Wodehouse’s masterly valet Jeeves from the television drama series Jeeves and Wooster.
* Sulaiman Addonia (author of The Consequences of Love),
* Thomas Piketty, French economist author of Capital in the Twenty First Century
* Aleksandar Hemon, Bosnian American fiction writer
* David Grossman, Israeli author and peace activist David Grossman,
* Sudhir Kakar, India’s most celebrated psychoanalyst and author
* Uday Prakash, Hindi poet and author
* Rita Chowdhury and Dhurbajyoti Bora, Sahitya Akademi Awardees in the world of Assamese literature
* Alexander Mccall Smith author of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series,
* Blake Morrison author of And When Did You Last See Your Father.
* Colm Toibin, Man Booker prize shortlisted and author of The Heather Blazing
* Margo Jefferson author of On Michael Jackson
* Gujarati poet and scholar Sitanshu Yashaschandra
* Producer and director Karan Johar on his soon-to be published biography
* Journalist and TV anchor Barkha Dutt speaking on This Unquiet land
* Debutant Kanishk Tharoor, author of Swimmer Among the Stars: Stories
* Other award wapsi authors Ashok Vajpeyi, Nirupama Dutt and Nand Bharadwaj
Themes of the Lit Fest
The ninth Festival has a number of themes running through various sessions which address vital issues such as Navigating Modernity, Middle East, neighbourhood War and Conflict, Migration, privacy, in terms of Net Languages, Women Uninterrupted series. Indian writers take centre stage at the festival and a number of sessions will celebrate the rich diversity of languages in South Asia as well as the rich oral heritage of Rajasthan.
Get up, close and personal with your favourite authors
Want to lunch with literary heavyweights?
Celebrate the success of the Festival with your favourite authors at the Writer’s ball. While the Festival is completely free and open to all, booklovers can grab a golden opportunity to interact with literary heavyweights by buying the special delegate pass, visiting as a ‘Friend of the Festival’. In addition to sharing the lunch table with other delegates and authors at Diggi Palace, you can experience the evening music every night and round off the Festival dancing the night away at the Writer’s Ball. With the delegate pass you have access to exclusive extra sessions at royal forts like Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal. ‘Friends of the Festival’ can also take up special festival discounts on their accommodation at select hotels.
Don’t miss the music!
ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival hosts several cultural and musical nights at historic monuments and grand hotels around the city. Always a popular part of the programme, the Festival has already announced renowned Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara for 2016.
‘Sip’ your way through sessions
What better way to enjoy those overwhelming after-session moments and discussions than while sipping on famous Pushkari and Diggipuri chai and dhaarwali coffee and munching on kachori and samosa stalls on any of the sprawling venues. It will not only satiate your mid-day hot snack cravings but also add Rajasthani warmth to the yummy food.
Take home some Rajasthani magic
Alongside your enriching experience at the royal retreat, the Diggi Palace, explore the nearby cluster of magnificent forts, museums and palaces while visiting the Pink City. There is also a regal shopping experience awaiting you with a wealth of antique jewellry, traditional jootis and fabrics. Famous for its flavours the city offers foodies much to relish in its Lal Maas, Dal Batti, Kachori and other Rajasthani cuisine.